Protecting an Asset, Collaborating with Communities
The 317-mile North Carolina Railroad Corridor is unlike any other infrastructure asset in the state. With 634 miles of neighbors on each side, the corridor runs through four of the state’s largest cities, thriving downtown areas, rural communities and growing industrial areas. It’s a key route for freight and passenger rail service, connecting to two Class I freight rail networks, short lines, multiple passenger lines, and the entire east coast rail network.
Many of North Carolina’s large cities and small towns were formed as a result of the railroad running through that part of the state, bringing jobs to the area. Nearly 170 years later, the population growth and urban development many North Carolina communities are experiencing often puts pressure on the railroad corridor. Through our Real Estate and Corridor Management Departments, we collaborate with the 40 municipalities that the track touches, ensuring that they can plan for growth, while preserving the 200-foot-wide freight rail corridor boundaries to accommodate increased rail capacity needs.
The North Carolina Railroad: Collaborating with Communities and Spurring Economic Growth